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Vitaliy Vladasovich Grachev[lower-alpha 1] or Vitaliy Vladasovych Grachov[lower-alpha 2], known professionally as Vitas (Russian: Витас, IPA: [ˈvʲitəs]; stylised as VITAS), is a Latvian-born Ukrainian-Russian singer, songwriter and actor.[1][2] Vitas is known for his unique falsetto and his electric musical style, which incorporates elements of operatic pop, techno, dance, classical, jazz, and folk.

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Vitas in 2022
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Background information
Birth nameVitaly Vladasovich Grachev
Also known as
  • Vitalik
  • Vitas
Born (1979-02-19) 19 February 1979 (age 44)
Daugavpils, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
OriginOdesa, Ukraine
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • accordion
Years active2000–present
  • Iceberg Music
  • CD Land
  • Квадро-Диск
  • KHAM
  • Gemini Sun Records
  • Universal Music Taiwan
  • Никитин
  • Media Land
  • Creative Media
  • Monatomic Music
  • 反正靠谱

Having achieved prominence through Russian television in the early 2000s, Vitas crossed into Asian markets in 2005.[3] Much of his recognition outside Russia and Asia came in the 2010s, when songs such as "Opera #2" and "The 7th Element" (both from his 2001 debut album Philosophy of Miracle) and "Smile!" (from his 2002 album of the same name) achieved viral success; the unusual music videos for "Opera #2" and "The 7th Element" have been cited as the most prominent examples of this.[4]

Vitas has performed with entertainment labels such as Universal Music Group, and has toured extensively in several countries.[3][5] He designs his own stage costumes,[6] and employs a backing band named DIVA during live performances.[7]